Yes, it seems that 2012 is nigh upon us (yes, nigh is a word!). Where did the time go? This year, of course, is the one in which paranoid nutcases seem to think the Mayans predicted the end of the world (though the Mayans couldn't have predicted the coming of the Spanish for some reason, so it's not like they're the best future forecasters, right?)
End times were, of course, on the minds of many this past year, what with that quack Harold Camping predicting the apocalypse not once, but twice. Rumor has it Harry's now sedated up to his eyeballs. It's just as well. There'll be enough paranoid nuts disappointed come December 23rd, 2012, when they realize the world didn't come to an end two days before. It doesn't need more whacked out Camping predictions.
This time of year always brings out the best in the editorial cartoonists, who tend to convey the typical images of the old and new year as the old man and new child. And then mix in whatever political issue of the day. The following are some that I've gotten a laugh out of:
And so as 2011 heads towards its final hours here, we can look back at what's past us, and what's ahead. In America, 2012 will, of course, bring yet another election, though realistically, the campaign already started in 2009. It never ends, does it?
And 2012 continues to see the dark reign of the Lord of the Sith, Darth Harper, here in Canada (hi, Stevie!). We Canadians would like to apologize for the way this lunatic continues to disparage the fine reputation this country once had, and yes, we know, it'll take years to repair the damage he's gleefully doing to said reputation.
To all of my blog readers, I offer you my best wishes for the coming year. Don't drink too much of that bubbly champagne tonight, or you'll wake up with a hangover in the morning. Just remember... I warned you!
Happy New Year!